UG: Dean of Students petitioned over BHJCR elections

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A President team in the recently held University of Ghana (UG) Business House Junior Common Room (BHJCR) elections have petitioned the Dean of Students to intervene and address matters arising from Thursday’s election.

The team in question is that of Nicholas Nii Teiko Armah and Marian Frempomaa Boateng.

They contested for the position of President and Vice-President respectively but lost to Team Emmanuel Obi and Nurah Mohammed.

In the petitioned copied Radio Univers, Nicholas and Marian accused the Electoral Commission of demonstrating unwillingness to conduct the election on principle of free and fairness.

They added that although concerns were raised about the constitutional instrument (CI) which was regulating the election, the Electoral Commission ignored them.

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“The electoral commission prior to the day of election had demonstrated its unwillingness to conduct the election on principle basis of free and fairness. There were concerns raised about the constitutional instrument (CI) which was regulating the election. Fast forward to the election day there was a problem with database where multiple names that came out do not tally with even a single Identification Number.

Nicholas and Marian further disclosed that even though they secured an interlocutory injunction to halt the election, it came to no avail.

We immediately secured an interlocutory injunction to halt the process but all to no avail. Subsequently, the election was over and our fears were brought to bear when the electoral results showed a clear discrepancy between the total votes cast and the number of voters or Identification Numbers verified.

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The candidates have also disclosed that they have equally petitioned the Judicial Board to intervene in the matter.

I have duly filed a petition to the Judicial Board according to the Schedule D of Article 51.

We are humbly calling on your reputable office to intervene and address the situation as it ought to be. We do not understand why the electoral commission and the executives are bent on promoting these clear electoral irregularities. We are equally bona fide members of the Business School and the system should be free and fair to all.

According to provisional results from the election which was held Thursday October 25, the team of Emmanuel Zlatan Obi and Nurah Mohammed polled a total of 669 votes as against Nii Teiko Armah and Marian Frempomaa Boateng’s 658 out a total votes cast of 1356.